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The Stepmother

By Githa Sowerby

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: from £20


We’re married people aren’t we? What’s yours is mine.

1924. A comfortable house in Surrey. When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she’s been rescued from an uncertain future. Establishing a successful business as a dress designer, Lois leaves her fortune in her husband’s hands.

But when one of her devoted step-daughters needs her help, Lois is forced to address what drew Eustace to her in the first place - and, at last, to face the dark truth at the heart of her marriage.

This gripping drama is a searing look at manipulation, money and matrimony. What price a woman’s autonomy within a man’s world?

Playwright Githa Sowerby’s most famous play, Rutherford and Son, is acknowledged as one of the most influential plays of the 20th century.

Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct this rediscovered gem; formerly Director of the National Theatre, his work at Chichester includes The Pajama Game and The Last Cigarette.


Festival 2017 pricing information

Prologue Members Early Bird
booking from 4 March

Cast & Creatives


  • David Bark Jones.

    David Bark-Jones

    Peter Holland
  • Kaye Brown.

    Kaye Brown

    Mrs Geddes
  • Simon Chandler.

    Simon Chandler

    Mr Bennet
  • Joanna David.

    Joanna David

    Charlotte Gaydon
  • Keen Will Headshot Beard 1.

    Will Keen

    Eustace Gaydon
  • Ophelia Lovibond.

    Ophelia Lovibond

    Lois Relph
  • Macy Nyman.

    Macy Nyman

  • Eve Ponsonby 2330 C.

    Eve Ponsonby

  • Sam Valentine 52 Edit Bw.

    Samuel Valentine

    Cyril Bennet
  • Sharon Wattis.

    Sharon Wattis

  • Emma Curtis

    Young Monica
  • Evie Watterson

    Young Monica
  • Eliza Hayward

    Young Betty
  • Emma Barrasford

    Young Betty

Creative team

Richard Eyre


Tim Hatley


Peter Mumford

Lighting Designer

John Leonard

Sound Designer

Charlotte Sutton CDG

Casting Director

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